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China’s Film Industry Online, Part I

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China’s theatrical box office market may be huge but the ancillary revenues (i.e. non-box office) are still relatively small in China. This is the first in a series of posts on developments in China’s digital ancillaries in a lead-up to the US-China Film Summit, which I will be attending along with a number of other lawyers from… Continue Reading

China Entertainment Law Event, Beverly Hills, November 3

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Our Beijing-based China entertainment lawyer, Mathew Alderson, will be speaking at a Beverly Hills Bar Association Event, on November 3, 2014, from noon to 1:30, at 9420 Wilshire Boulevard. The event is China’s Entertainment Industry: Exploring the Evolving Legal and Business Landscape. Mathew will be sharing the podium with Malcolm McNeil of the Arent Fox… Continue Reading

Australia-China Film Industry Forum. Tuesday, June 17 at SIFF.

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Mathew Alderson, our firm’s lead China media and entertainment attorney, will be speaking at the Shanghai International Film Festival again this year. This year, Mathew will be moderating a panel at the Annual Australia-China Film Industry Forum on Tuesday June 17th. This panel will be discussing new opportunities for sino-foreign co-productions, with panelists Susan Xu, Vice General Manager, China Film Coproduction Corporation, Tony Zhang, Vice President, DMG… Continue Reading

Join Our China Law Blog Group On Linkedin

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We started a China Law Blog Group on Linkedin with the goal of creating a spam-free source for China networking, information and discussion. We now have nearly 8,500 members and, more importantly, a number of lively discussions. We have had some absolutely terrific discussions, both based on the numbers (a number of the discussions have received around 100 comments… Continue Reading

China Concerts: Law And Business.

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The Wall Street Journal did a couple of stories last week on the difficulties foreigners face when getting involved in China’s concert business. The first article, entitled, China Wants to Rock but Regulations Hinder, but Regulations Hinder, consists mostly of a Q & A session with Beijing entertainment lawyer Mathew Alderson.  Alderson focused on the… Continue Reading

China Factual Content (Documentary TV And Movies).

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With so much foreign attention focused on the possibilities for drama in China it is easy at times to overlook the nation’s thirst for foreign-produced or foreign-formatted factual content. The recent announcement of BBC Worldwide’s deal with CCTV is a timely reminder that factual content can succeed in an environment where reality and elimination formats are… Continue Reading

The End of Chinese Cultural Exceptionalism? Part 3 of 3: Forget It, Jack, It’s Chinatown

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This is part two of a three part series on media piracy in China by Joe Karaganis, arising out of a report on Media Piracy in Emerging Economies. Part I is here. Part II is here.   I won’t pretend any expertise on Hollywood-China film politics, but it does sound like it would make for… Continue Reading

China Film And IP

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The Hollywood Reporter recently did a story, entitled, “China’s Looming Entertainment Problem: Not Enough Lawyers,” discussing, among other things, intellectual property in China. Our own Beijing-based China entertainment lawyer, Mathew Alderson, was interviewed for that story and The Hollywood Reporter has kindly agreed to allow us to run a post based on the original interview…. Continue Reading

Ancient Chinese Business Scam With A New Hollywood Twist. It’s Baaaack.

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About a year ago, in Ancient China Business Scam With A New Hollywood Twist, we wrote of how we were hearing about film and media companies getting hit with an old-fashioned scam from China.  Things then went quiet for a while, but in the last month, we have received two emails from two US film companies seeking… Continue Reading

The Beijing International Film Festival, Part II

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This is Part II of a series of posts I will be doing on China’s film industry, to help our readers kick off the Beijing International Film Festival, which I will be attending again this year.  Yesterday I was email interviewed by Fox News regarding China’s film industry.  The below is that interview:   Reporter:… Continue Reading

The Beijing International Film Festival

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A palpable sense of excitement is starting to build here in Beijing as the Third Beijing International Film Festival approaches. Taking place April 16 – 23, The Beijing International Film Festival (BIFF) is emerging as a natural focal point for Hollywood’s preoccupation with the Chinese film business and has already become a regular date on the… Continue Reading

China Movie Co-Productions. They’re Tightening In A Sign Of Things That Have Come

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One of the things we are always writing about and always trying to get a handle on is what the attitude is in China towards foreign investment.  That attitude is never static for long, always shifting with the economy and sometimes shifting due to other factors such as politics. We are in the midst of… Continue Reading

China Film Co-Productions. Show Me The Money. The Domestic Edition.

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This post was co-written by Mathew Alderson (my law firm’s lead China entertainment lawyer) and Tyler Cohen.  Tyler is fluent in Chinese and he worked with Mathew on China film matters this past summer before beginning law school at the University of Toronto. Three factors are driving international interest in Sino-foreign movie co-productions: (1) China… Continue Reading

Batman vs. Spider-Man vs. China Film Group

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This post is by Matthew Dresden, one of our China attorneys. Matthew is fluent in Chinese and also conversant in Thai. Before attending law school, Matthew spent eight years in Hollywood, as an independent filmmaker and as a production executive for Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons Pictures.  Matthew now mixes his China law knowledge and his… Continue Reading

Ancient China Business Scam With A New Hollywood Twist

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Chinese company emails US company about buying a few million dollars of the US company’s product.  The terms of the deal are quickly worked out and the Chinese company suggests the American company go to China to sign the contract and celebrate the consummation of the deal.  The American gets to China (usually some fairly… Continue Reading

Hollywood Goes China

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China Business Review, the magazine of the US-China Business Council, just did a feature story, entitled, “Hollywood’s Script in China: Three experts discuss China’s rapidly evolving film industry and opportunities for US entertainment companies.“  Our own Mathew Alderson was one of the three experts interviewed for this story, which covered China film issues ranging from… Continue Reading

Our China Entertainment Lawyer Rocking The Movie Biz

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Our lead China entertainment lawyer (and regular CLB contributor), Mathew Alderson, was just named by Variety Magazine as one of 50 “Game-Changing Attorneys” who “rock the [entertainment law] biz.”  And, hey, we couldn’t be prouder.  The list consists of those “attorneys whose recent deals and court battles have changed the shape of entertainment.” Mathew and… Continue Reading

China Film: “There Will Be Culture”

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By: Rogier Creemers The following is a guest post by Rogier Creemers. Rogier is a post-doctoral Research Officer in Oxford University’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy.  Rogier “wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between media piracy in China, intellectual property law and media regulation, and globalization. His main research interests include the… Continue Reading

Financing China Movie Co-Productions. Australian Producer Offsets Can Work.

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In my previous post, Aussiewood Film Finance And China Co-Productions. Ever The Twain Shall Meet?  I explained how a cash rebate equivalent to 40% of feature film production costs is available from the Australian government for films with “significant Australian content” if the producer incurred “qualifying Australian production expenditure” when making the film. This rebate… Continue Reading

Aussiewood Film Finance And China Co-Productions. Ever The Twain Shall Meet?

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During the Beijing International Film Festival last month, several Hollywood executives and film producers expressed interest in the Australian producer offset and asked me whether their films might qualify for it. Though these sorts of inquiries tend to arise in connection with official Chinese co-productions, they also come up in connection with Hollywood projects with… Continue Reading

News Corp Buys Into Bona Film Group And Gets What? The Disclosure Statement Might Tell Us.

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Just back from Los Angeles, where I met with countless people in the movie industry and discussed with nearly all of them how Chinese entertainment companies are and will be buying into Western entertainment companies, and vice-versa. In just the past week, we are hearing of Wanda (China) looking to buy into AMC Entertainment (U.S.)… Continue Reading

China And Hollywood: A Toxic Mix?

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Our Beijing-based entertainment lawyer, Mathew Alderson, has been attending (and speaking at) the Beijing International Film Festival. Not surprisingly, Mathew reports that the talk of the town is the recent news regarding a United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into whether some of Hollywood’s biggest movie studios made illegal payments to officials in… Continue Reading

China’s Film Industry Promotion Law. How Do Tudou/Yokou Investors Sleep At Night?

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By Steve Dickinson and Mathew Alderson In the first part of this two part series, in a post entitled “China’s Film Industry Promotion Law. A Discussion Of The Discussion Draft,” we discussed the Discussion Draft of the China Film Industry Promotion Law. Concern has been expressed about a provision of the law that would prevent… Continue Reading

Aussiewood Comes To Beijing: The Australia-China Film Industry Forum

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The 2nd Beijing International Film Festival starts early next week. One of the first events on the program is the Australia-China Film Industry Forum at the Australian Embassy on Monday, April 23. Our Beijing-based attorney, Mathew Alderson, spoke at the inaugural Forum and he has been invited to speak at this one as well.  Mathew… Continue Reading